I’m not much on making resolutions, and I’m learning that an extensive TBR list does nothing but make me feel guilty. However, I do like to think as I type here at Hope Is the Word so bear with me. I’m numbering these not because they’re prioritized (well, except for the first couple!), but just because I like to keep this manageable.
- I am attempting (once again! for the who-knows-how-many-times this makes!) to read the Bible through. I was inspired by Candace and her plan to read it in 90 days (!!!) and was even tempted a little to join her (!!!), but I quickly realized the futility of such an attempt at this point in my life. Instead, I opted to explore a some links in this post on Kendra’s blog and decided to go with this particular plan. I like how it mixes up the Old and New Testaments and also gives a day for reflection every week. (Admittedly, this will probably be a catch-up day for me!) I’ve already gotten off a little bit, but not behind. Last night I had to read the flood account in Genesis, and after having a particularly harrowing, nearly apocalyptic dream involving a flood, I told Steady Eddie this morning that now I know why the actual assignment is to read a passage from the wisdom/poetry books of the Old Testmant or Isaiah each night. 😉
- I’m not sure how to manage this, exactly, but I also want to make more in-depth Bible study and meditation a priority. I was blessed to be able to attend Community Bible Study for several years, and I loved the focused study of one book of the Bible a year. However, my schedule (and having school-aged children now) will no longer permit me to do this, but I miss it.
I’ve been attempting to read Kay Arthur’s How to Study Your Bible for a while now, but my most recent attempt has been to read it and apply it to the book of James for potential Sunday School lesson teaching material. How to find the time to do this and keep up with #1 still sort of eludes me, but maybe I can somehow work it out since I have the day for reflection built in to #1.
- The L.M. Montgomery Reading Challenge. See this post for my plans.
- I plan to finish some things I started in 2009, namely Les Miserables and A Tale of Two Cities. I hope to do this in a timely way so as to participate in the Classics Bookclub at 5 Minutes for Books, as I detailed here. Other classics will also be involved. 🙂
- I’m very excited about participating in the Children’s Classics Mystery Challenge, also at 5 Minutes for Books. I’ll save the details for their very own post, but suffice it to say that I was a Trixie Belden junkie as a young teen. 🙂
- My own Reading My Library challenge (inspired by Carrie’s, of course) barely got off the ground last year, but I hope to pick up with the Cs ASAP.
- I know other challenges will come up as the year progresses (like the Narnia Challenge!), and I will participate in them as time (and sense–by then I could have a newborn!) permit.
- I want to read at least one book by Wendell Berry this year. He was on my list last year, but I failed to get to him. Nathan Coulter should be arrived on my front porch one day this week
- 8. Leif Enger’s So Young, Brave, and Handsome ( or is it So Brave, Young, and Handsome ?) has been a must-read for me since I read Peace Like a River, but I still haven’t gotten around to it. I hope this is the year.
- 9. As I mentioned in my Top Ten Picks of 2009, there are a several books I would like to either re-read or read the sequels of.
I know there are other titles and projects I want to tackle, but for now, this is enough. I like flexibility and the freedom to read what suits my fancy at the time, so challenges work better for me than a hard and fast TBR list.